Jerome H. Underwood

Jerome H. Underwood

Power 100 list

Jerome H. Underwood

President & CEO, Action for a Better Community

underwood-head-shot2Years in current role: 3

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

Never compromise my integrity.

What’s been your biggest success?

My biggest success is raising a family alongside my wife of 30-plus years, Lorna; being a source of strength and stability for our extended families; and being a positive resource to my communities in Rochester and in Antigua and Barbuda.

Who have been the biggest mentors in your career?

Jane E. Toussaint (my Grandmother); Bill Rose (Chairman of Datrose, Inc.); Dr. David “Sankofa” Anderson; Clay Osborne; Joan H. Underwood (my sister).

What are your hopes for the Rochester community this year?

My hope if that Rochester moves closer to being an anti-racist community where justice and equity for all is everyone’s priority.

What do you do to unplug in your free time?

I read about African history and spirituality and I also watch a lot of international soccer.

This profile is part of Rochester Business Journal's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. View the full list at